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to a fiscal cliff. thank you within kelly. jonathan, i want to turn to you right here. harry reid was not holding back this morning on the senate floor. i want to play what he said about the 435 members in the house. >> there's 435 members of the house. what goes on in this country shouldn't be decided by the majority. it should be decided by the whole house of representatives. the speaker just has a few days left to change his mind. but i have to be very honest, mr. president, i don't know timewise how it can happen now. >> and we just heard from kelly about this possible new deal the president has sent over regarding the fiscal cliff. harry reid, though, there's not a lot of time left. >> no, there isn't a lot of time left. what the majority leader is referring to is we've been talking about a lot, the majority of the majority real that if boehner would put aside this tradition that if he's going to get anything passed, it has to be passed bay majority of the republican caucus. clearly there have been times on the little and in the house when boehner could have passed many bills
. >> mike, thank you. on top of those fiscal cliff concerns, the treasury secretary, timothy geithner, warns we're set to hit the debt ceiling new year's eve, the max amount we're allowed to spend. the current limit is $16.4 trillion. he says the obama administration will work to make sure the u.s. does not default on loans right away but the debate will be another drag on the economy. with us, the chief business correspondent for u.s. news and world report, rick newman, and author of rebounders, how winners pivot from setback to success. talk about the debt ceiling for us, first of all, welcome. talk about the debt ceiling and how it affects us. we here horror scenarios about the red -- credit rating. >> one good thing you can say about reaching the debt limit is it's not a surprise. everybody has known this is coming up. the government will continue to function for a couple more months. emergency measures will be used to keep the money flowing, so to speak. this is unrelated to the fiscal cliff, so it's an additional problem that everybody has to deal with. of course the worst thing is we
this with the fiscal cliff. what a two months that will be. thanks so much for joining us. we appreciate it. joining me here in the studio with our first reads of the day, senior political editor mark murray. welcome. back and forth from the harry reid. we have congressional ping pong going on. you said it is time for house republicans to put middle class families first bypassing the senate's bill to protect 98% of americans on january 1st. the senate bill could pass tomorrow if the house republicans would lead it come to the floor. the house had two bills that collectively can avert the entire fiscal cliff if enacted. those bills await action by the senate. >> the classic ping pong gridlock and no way out. >> it's important to know how far we have come in the last seven days. a week ago we were closer than we had seen before on a particular deal. john boehner made a big concession allowing tax cuts to rise on income over a million dollars. president obama countered with a big concession and saying that that should be $400,000 and have fixes to social security on costs of living adjustments on that. wh
tomorrow. >>> tonight a new hurdle in the race to avoid the fiscal cliff. the weather. a powerful winter storm blasting the nation as president obama and lawmakers try to get back to washington. >> all eyes turn to plan c. >> i would hope that we would have one last attempt here to do what everyone knows what needs to be done. look at the front page here. it says obama headed back to work after short vacation. >> i think the president is eager to go over the cliff for political purposes. >> if we go off the cliff unimpeded, it's a $400 billion tax hike. >> outrage after a newspaper gets its hands on the names and addresses of gun permit holders and then publishes the information online. >> the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. >> isn't it possible that if we got rid of these, if we replaced them and said you can only have a magazine that carries five bullets or ten bullets, isn't it just possible that we could reduce the carnage in a situation like this? >> i don't believe that will make one difference. >> oh, my god, a tornado. >> winter weather threat
financial. thanks a lot >> susie: the fiscal cliff isn't the only drama playing out for the u.s. economy: there's also the "container cliff". 14 ports along the u.s. east and gulf coasts are at risk of closing if longshoremen and the international maritime alliance cannot reach a deal by saturday. federal mediators have been called in to help with last minute negotiations. at the heart of the dispute: container royalties. those fees charged to shippers were implemented in the 1960s to help dock workers displaced by technology. the maritime alliance wants the royalties capped. earlier this month a port strike in southern california, cost an estimated $1 billion a day. netflix is blaming problems at its web service provider, amazon for a server outage that took down its streaming video service on christmas eve and into christmas day. netflix says it worked through the night with engineers at amazon to get the service back up and running. netflix shares rebounded today, rising almost 2%, while amazon shares fell nearly 4%. >> susie: amazon was just one of many stocks in the red today. as we
with the president and key congressional leaders. >> thank you. if the fiscal cliff can be avoided there is another gigantic hurdle awaiting the lawmakers. >> they will hit the credit limit of $16.4 trillion on december 31. the nation thereafter can't pay the bills unless congress raises the limit. >> with a new congress in january we need to revisit an finally give ourselves the determination to solve not only our short-term debt but the long-term debt. >> they raised the debt limit 11 times in a decade. most recently in august 2011 after a bruising political fight. democrats accuse republicans of using the debt limit as political "leverage" to press for spending cuts. a point they tried to make with a jarring comparison. >> this is somewhat to taking your child hos tam and saying i'll shoot my child if you don't do what i want done. you don't want to shoot your child. no leader wants to default on the debt. >> they said there is breathing room and the treasury department will take extraordinary measures authorized by law. that will create head room under the debt limit. under normal circumstances
. stocks slid for the 30 straight session. mediocre holiday seas and deadlock over fiscal cliff gave investors little to get excited about. the dow fell 24 points. the so-called fear index or the vix, soaring more than 4%. fiscal cliff concerns pushed the index to the highest level since july. one bright spot though was on the housing fnt. the monthly case-shiller report found october home prices rose 4.3% mpared with a year earlier. the data giving a late sign of recovery in the housing market is actually gaining traction. first our top story, president obama, cutting his vacation short, flying back to washington, d.c. tonight to work on afiscal cliff deal. now, if the stakes weren't high enough, the treasury department upped ante just a short time ago. it announced the u.s. will hit the debt ceiling on december 31st that is monday. treasury department is undertaking and this is a quote, extraordinary measures to postpone the country's date with the debt deadline, but will this bring a new sense of urgency and motivate politicians to reach a budget deal. joining us now, lindsey pieg
. >> that is nice, thanks, alex. >>> on capitol hill the debate over the fiscal cliff continues to strike a partisan tone with only days left before the deadline. on the senate floor today harry reid blasted john john boehner, accusing him of inaction, he called on him to round up his colleagues so a deal can be reached. >> john boehner seemed to care more about keeping his speaker s hip than keeping the nation on firm footing. >> a speaker for him said he should legitimate more and talk less about that. major tax cuts will hit by then, the president cut short his vacation in hawaii to resume negotiations. >>> a new survey shows u.s. consumer confidence tumbled as the fiscal cliff nears, the consumer confidence index fell to 65 in december, the lowest level since august, last month it was at 71.5. economists say the decline is due to fears of sharp tax increases and government spending cuts set to take effect next week. barkley is considering a plan to change the face of downtown with the first high rise in that city in 40 years, a los angeles real estate group today submitted and application for t
you. >>> the fiscal cliff and other issues seem to be dragging down holiday shopping. forecasters predicted a big jump but analysts say it could be the worst in four years. elaine quijano has more. >> good morning to you jeff and rebecca. according to early numbers shoppers were not in the holiday spending spirit and some of the reasons had nothing to do with the economy. holiday retail sales grew just 0.7% this year far short of expectations and down from 2% a year ago. >> whether it was hurricane sandy and the need to spend on the home whether it was the tragedy in connecticut and took away the feel-good factor it was a confluence of events that led to a should have been better holiday season. >> reporter: in the densely populated northeast, where more than a fifth of the country's retail sales take place, homeowners hit hard by hurricane sandy spent more money on repairs than on holiday gifts. also dragging down sales was uncertainty about the fiscal cliff, tax hikes and spending cuts set to take effect next year. if lawmakers don't reach a deal to avoid
as the fiscal cliff deadline loomed, january first. it would mean more than $600 billion in across-the-board tax increases and automatic spending cuts. >> come the first of this year, americans will have less income than they have today. if we go over the cliff, and it looks like that's where we're headed. >> warner: this morning, the senate's democratic majority leader, harry reid, was blunt about chances for a deal. and he blamed house speaker john boehner. just before christmas, boehner floated his so-called "plan b"-- letting taxes rise on millionaires. but faced with opposition in republican ranks, he pulled it, and sent the house home for the holiday. reid charged today politics explained why the speaker had not yet called the house back. >> john boehner seems to care more about keeping his speakership than keeping the nation on a firm financial footing. it's obvious what's going on. he's waiting until january 3 to get reelected to speaker before he gets serious about negotiations. >> warner: a boenhner spokesman shot back, "harry reid should talk less and legislate more." but late today,
regulations. liz: thank you. good to be with you, sir. really appreciated. forget the fiscal cliff. more an action from d.c. could leave another glass half empty. sandra smith with us with today's trade. sandra: people's grocery bills may go up. you are talking about that exclusion of a farm bill that may not be part of the fiscal cliff negotiations even if we do get a deal that by the end of the year. tom vill sack has been trying to get everyone into a room to hammer out a five-year deal. he has already conceded that it is unlikely that we will see that done and those farm subsidies could come out of the market. analysts are saying that prices could go up to the six to eight dollars a gallon range. milk just one of the many grocery items that could go up in prices. this is one aspect that maybe you have not thought about when it comes to your wallet. sterling smith over at citigroup says we could see less milk consumption. a lot of those dairy farmers could go out of business. liz: thank you for that, xander. the president back in washington, d.c. to deal with the fiscal crisis. he rep
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cliff resolution ends up being. joining us now is randy warren, warren financial services cio. thanks for joining us. >> nice to be here. thank you. shibani: so right off the top, i would love to know, why is it that etfs you feel can be a little bit more resistant to the waves coming in, the shockwaves coming out of d.c.? >> i think you go for some sectors that aren't necessarily in the crosshairs of what's going on in the house and in the senate right now. so i'm looking at things like the financial sector. it's been beaten down over the last few years. we all know about all the history that's gone on since 2007, 2008, some of the banks failed, some of the big banks failed and also the problems in europe. a lot of the banks had trouble in europe over the last couple of years. they are starting to rebound now. there's an opportunity for improvement in the financial sector. david: i want to pull you back a second randy before we talk about specifics and talk about when, you know, timing is everything. you can buy at the right time or wrong time. you have something called an event hori
. thank you very much. as if the fiscal cliff wasn't bad enough, tim geithner now taking on emergency action on our nation's that. we are about to run up on another debt ceiling. liz macdonald amistad index. lori: we have apple ceo tim cook taking the giant pay cuts in his first full year on the job. 2 -- hundred of millions of dollars. details coming up. as we do every day at this time, take a look at oil. oil down a little bit, $90.63 a barrel. we will be right back. let tracy: tim geithner taking people by surprise a new u.s. will hit the desk limits on monday. we don't have enough going on. this is months earlier than expected. liz macdonald is here with the bottom line. now what? liz: we have the treasury secretary's letter that was sent to harry reid and other members of congress where he is invoking extraordinary measures to avoid having the u.s. default on its debts. it needs to pay interest costs on the debt that is rolling over so suspending sale of u.s. securities to local governments when the locals basically cash out or get the new t-bonds, to come up with cash and suspen
live ph washington, thank you. gregg: as washington debates the fiscal cliff we are also days away from another financial crisis. the u.s. government is poised to hit its debt limit on monday. what happens if congress doesn't raise the debt sealing? douglas holtz ee eakin is a former director of the nonpartisan budget direction office and is president of american action firearm. thapblgs for being with us. what happens if they don't raise the ceiling? >> ultimately congress has to raise the ceiling. it's simply naive to believe you could ever put the level of spending kick quickly become to the level of revenues and not have to borrow some more. it doesn't have to happen until february or march. ment soak of the treasury has a lot of tools available to push off when you actually hit the debt limit. waoes going the's going to do that and run the usual bag of tricks to avoid the debt ceiling. gregg: timothy geithner can move money around between now and february. we don't really need to panic, do we? >> no, you don't need to panic. essentially the he secretary of the treasury will raid re
will be home before too long. >> i hope so. thank you. >>> coming up next, the fiscal cliff. we're close enough now to peek over the edge of that cliff. insiders say buckle up and prepare for the worst. ♪ ooh baby, looks like you need a little help there ♪ ♪ ooh baby, can i do for you today? ♪ [ female announcer ] need help keeping your digestive balance? align can help. only align has bifantis, a patented probiotic that naturally helps maintain your digestive balance. try align to help retain a balanced digestive system. try the #1 gastroenterologist recommended probiotic. align. >>> we are so close to the fiscal cliff right now we can pra practically look over the edge. in fact, some people are saying it might even be too late for a deal and we'll go over that cliff. harry reid just took to the senate floor 30 minutes ago to say he thinks it's likely we're going to go over the cliff. republicans like house speaker john boehner and mitch mcconnell have been radio silent on negotiations. joining me is will kain and roland martin, a political analyst and columnist. welcome to you both. >
knew the fiscal cliff could hit you hard in the paycheck should we go over it but do you know what it will do to your grocery bill? what could happen to the price of milk come the 1st of january if washington can't make a deal. my teenage son is going to not like that. >>> forget stealing mail. police say this guy went bigger. the unbelievable way investigators say he spent his christmas. jon: now some crime headlines we're keeping an eye on. a police officer killed while on patrol in suburban milwaukee on christmas eve. now her husband is behind bars, arrested on a tentative charge of first degree homicide in his wife's death. her body was found shot several times after she stopped responding to radio calls. >>> well a mail thief raises the stakes. police in anchorage, alaska, say this guy, clifford, dancer, stole four mailboxes this holiday season. and not private mailboxes. he stole the big blue ones they say, the kind you find on street corners. got busted when he tried to cash a check someone dropped in one of those boxes. >> a notorious chicago mobster dies in a federal priso
answer, a yes or a no. are they going to avoid the fiscal cliff, erick? >> no. >> how about you, cornell? >> no. >> oh, my goodness. un anymore tea. thank you. happy new year to you all. i appreciate it. >>> a ban on americans adopting russian children. vad lir putin's signature will make it official and it will crush hundreds of families. >> we rely on our faith and our hope in juice sus christ and that's what is going to get us through this. but it would just be devastating for those kids. if you need them.even drops this. but it would just be devastating for those kids. is going to get . but it wld just be devastating for those kids. what is going to this. but it would just be devastating for those kids. f year. ♪ nice sweater. thank you. ♪ ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] everyone deserves the gift of all day pain relief. this season, discover aleve. all day pain relief with just two pills. welcome to chevy's year-end event. so, the 5.3-liter v8 silverado can tow up to 9,600 pounds? 315 horsepower. what's that in reindeer-power? [ laughs ] [ pencil scratches ] [ male announcer ] chevy'
so much. >>> we saw some more dramatic evidence of just how much the fiscal cliff drama is weighing on americans' mood. consumer confidence dropped sharply this month, falling to a four-month low. that hit the stock market early, and the dow plunged 151 points by mid afternoon. then word that the house would reconvene sunday night sent the market back to break even and the dow ended up closing down just 18 points. >>> our chief foreign affairs correspondent andrea mitchell is warning that secretary of state hillary clinton will be returning to work next week. she has been off for several weeks after getting a stomach virus and suffering a concussion after fainting. a spokesman says clinton continues to recuperate at home and looks forward to resuming her schedule. she's prepared to step down from her job early next year. >>> and one other note from washington. the head of the environmental protection agency, lisa jackson, announced today that she is stepping down. jackson has led the agency since the beginning of the obama administration. she tangled with congress and even the white
about it. we have concerns of other social safety net as our congress is on the fiscal cliff and we're all bracing for hopefully good things to happen, as they've been happening in our world class city. so, i want to again thank salvation army for helping us be the world class city that we are, giving ourselves the world class heart that we always have. so, happy thanksgiving, everybody, and let's get to these nude turkeys. [laughter] (applause) >> thank you very much, mr. mayor. and thank you so much for being here. you can carve while i do some more talking here. if you'll pay attention to the marvelous things they're doing with the turkey carving. we have 6,000 pounds of turkey here, believe it or not, 1400 pounds of green beans, 1600 pounds of yams. it's been cooking for 4-1/2 days around the clock back in that lovely little kitchen of ours. and all that work did not disrupt the usual activities, 360 meals, 400 sandwiches for homeless people. they're still baking the brownies cakes and cookies. 300 delivery routes, 500 volunteers, 6100 meals to seniors and shut-ins. the meal, ro
heading back to washington after a break but e. avoid the fiscal cliff. official says they don't know of any significant strides towards a compromise being made for the long christmas weekend. >> president obama spent part of the christmas day greeting thanking service member autos thanks for the work. >> knowing there are steeper cuts and the president is giving it a last shot, cutting short his vacation, returning to washington, d.c. tomorrow to try to hammer out a last minute deal with congressional republicans. if there is no break through, every american will be hit with higher taxes. a schoolteacher with two kids and a salary of $43,000 will face a tax hike of $3,000. the super rich like lebron james would see his tax goes up more thanhóÁ$2.4 million this year. >> i want us to not go over the cliff. i think it hurts the country. >> middle class people shouldn't have tax goes up?(héq $2,000 a year, we should start making some meaningful reform on debt. >> going over the fiscal cliff mean morz than higher taxes. federal workers at risk of being furloughed and unemployment benef
with as you probably know. the fiscal cliff headline watch continues. you just heard john kanas say the market not too concerned. futures up 21 points. decent data out of europe, we will talk about in a minute what a day for the asian markets again. also coming up. our road map begins at andrews air force base where the president arrives in a couple of hours, cutting his hawaiian vacation short to address the fiscal cliff s there really any hope in the last attempt? does the market fade if there's no news tomorrow night? >> the nikkei continues its 21-month run. how much is the boj willing to put up with? >> looking a at potential strike in the nation's port on the east and southern coast, the first since '77 that could cost retailers and importers billions. businesses now asking its white house to get involved. >>> you can now get the nokia lumia for free, depending on the service provider contract you sign s that standard practice or a sign the company's flagship phone suspect selling well? >>> we will start off with news about the fiscal cliff. congress returning to capitol hill today to tr
's going to happen over the course of several days and can they avert the fiscal cliff? to stick with your metaphor of basketball, if rose were to go the length of the court for fans on one side, left to right, fans on other side, right to left, if he scores it is the same basket but use the metaphor and apply it to the conversation of exactly where these tax cuts could take place if they happened after january 1st. the republicans want to vote to lower taxes. okay? see them go right to left as it were. the democrats want to see them go down and the republicans it appears increasingly clear are not going to vote to change the figure below the $1 million mark that boehner didn't get past the caucus unless they say to their people at home, they voted to lower taxes on all americans. >> peter, that was extraordinary. >> reporter: i tried. >> one of the best on this show. thank you! >> we have also got mike viqueira. mike? a lot of people and myself included believe that the payroll tax cut is the most damaging part of this for the middle class. if we do not extend it $125 billion comes out of
the fiscal cliff talks? and some new years resolutions on congress. we will be right back. excuse me, sir i'm gonna have to ask you to power down your little word game. i think your friends will understand. oh no, it's actually my geico app...see? ...i just uh paid my bill. did you really? from the plane? yeah, i can manage my policy, get roadside assistance, pretty mh access geico 24/7. sounds a little too good to be true sir. i'll believe that when pigs fly. ok, did she seriously just say that? geico. just click away with our free mobile app. gerri: it is official coming house will be back to deal with the fiscal cliff monday afternoon. harry reid asked the politicians to blame john boehner for everything. joining me now, chairman and cofounder. great to have you back. i mean, come on, harry reid was crazy today. >> american people i don't think understand the house of representatives is operating without the house of representatives. it iit's being operated with a dictatorship of the speaker. gerri: how do you respond to that? john boehner quinones says to make everything not happen? >>
fiscal cliff. there are five days remaining before hikes are scheduled to take affect. senate due back in session tomorrow nork indication of new proposals on the table. no word of negotiations sessions being scheduled, either. >> still ahead here at 5:00 a controversial battle that shut down a popular recycling center comes to an end. looming deadline for a 30-year-old institution. >> and a bed bug outbreak in the east bay. unique boot camp officials hope will use to squash a growing problem. >> a warning about hidden fees on gift cards that may whittle away the value. did you get one? want to see that report. the news continues in one minute. >>> a san francisco recycling center is scheduled to be closed this weekend. the neighborhood counsel's recycling center has been fighting falls for city hall to be shut down since 1996. the city says this operation has been attracting the homeless. saying they're hoping to turn it into a community garden. the center says collection day will be on december 30th. >> the city of los angeles holding a gun buy back today to take advantage of the out
people are saying this fiscal cliff deal isn't going to happen pause the two sides are too far apart and there simply isn't enough time yet. mark, i will begin with you, what happens if we go over the cliff? what will americans experience? >> well i think we are going to go over the cliff. quite frankly i think it is a good thing the prospects of getting a deal after january 1 are significantly higher and that is for three reasons. first now president obama has all the leverage. after january 1st the leverage shifts to the gop. because president obama perfectly going over the fiscal cliff to blame republicans because he can't default on the debt. he will have to compromise between now and february. second of all the baseline gets reset if the tax cuts expire. everybody will propose a tax cut in january and right now we're fighting whether to increase taxes or not. you can see possibility of a deal seen as win-win for both sides. third, if republicans don't come up with a deal, a bad deal right now, they still have the $800 billion in revenue they put on the table from limiting deduct
you, gerri. gerri: president obama is in washington negotiating a deal to revert the fiscal cliff. the first time and there are 500 billion in tax hikes coming your way. december 31. grover norquist from the president of americans for tax reform are warning that that is only the start of our problem. >> in addition to the bush tax cuts, 500 billion-dollar tax increases, a trillion dollars in obamacare taxes, all the taxes to pay for that free health care we are supposed to get. 90% of the tax increases to pay for obamacare were convenient postponed until after obama got himself safely reelected. they begin to hit january 1 of this coming year. they are unpleasant. gerri: absolutely unpleasant. it is a disincentive to invest into work. i don't know what people are going to do down the road. now it seems that people are saying it's up to the senate. it in the senate ballpark now to do something and to get some kind of bill. will they do anything at all? >> all the focus has been on president obama and the house of representatives. the leader, speaker boehner. some of us went to publ
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ticks toward the fiscal cliff. nancy cordes is with the president in honolulu. nancy? >> reporter: jim, the president is trading the sand for snowy washington. he'll be back in the nation's capital by mid-morning tomorrow, and most of the u.s. senate will be attempting to get back there by then, as well. but house leaders have not given their members the signal to return to washington and say they won't until the u.s. senate passes a bill to avert the fiscal cliff. as the president wrapped up his vacation, federal workers trickled back into the nation's capital. but the only people who can avert the fiscal cliff, members of the house and senate, have not returned, and, in just six days, a 2% payroll tax is set to expire, along with the bush era tax cuts, shrinking the average workers' paycheck in 2013 by about $1,500. long-term unemployment benefits for about two million jobless americans are also set to expire, and $110 billion worth of spending cuts to both domestic and defense programs will start to kick in, forcing layoffs in the public sector and for some private sector government
. thank you. coming up here on cnn, how did we get to the fiscal cliff? again? it's embarrassing it's embarrassing! we can see you carl. we can totally see you. come on you're better than this...all that prowling around. yeah, you're the king of the jungle. have you thought about going vegan carl? hahaha!! you know folks who save hundreds of dollars by switching to geico sure are happy. how happy are they jimmy? happier than antelope with night-vision goggles. nice! get happy. get geico. fifteen minutes could save you fifteen percent or more. >> from the cnn money newsroom, before you ask, i have no idea whether we will get a deal or not. i have a pretty good idea as to how we got into this pickle in the first place. we passed a bold package of tax relief for the famglys and businesses. >> it starts a decade ago when the president initiated a series of tax cuts for all americans, but a deal with the devil. the cuts that are ex-paid i don't want and costly to government expire in ten years's time. >> they're passed a package of tax relief and protect the middle class. >> when it came
. he cut short his vacation in hawaii in order to resume talks on the fiscal cliff. we're looking at pictures of him in honolulu as he's boarding air force one. we're looking at whether congress will be back in session in order to reach a deal as the clock ticks towards that year-end deadline. >>> the imf says france should give itself more leeway to meet mission targets. the company's 3% of gdp with more pressing -- than cussing excess from public finances. the imf has warned against more tax hikes warning these could further restrict growth. he says it's built a bit of momentum, but still needs to do more. >> france has to reform. france cannot -- that can avoid reforms. it can be again reforms which might be different. but we need to reform. let me say that from that perspective, the recent decisions going the right direction and i think that the government has understood the need to help companies create jobs. so what is important is that this momentum is there going forward. i mean, the momentum, positive momentum regarding the negotiation between the trade unions and the cor
vacation short to try to cut a deal as that fiscal cliff nears. now just six days until higher taxes for all americans. and tonight, a white house official is placing the burden of not getting a deal on leaders of congress. one official saying the hits from our economy are not coming from outside factors, they're coming from congressional stupidity. some members of congress do return tomorrow. these comments come just as barbara walters prepares for her "nightline" special tonight. her sitdown at the white house with the president and the first lady. and tonight here, some rare personal questions answered about their own relationship and their girls. one of whom just got her first cell phone. >> reporter: i want to talk a bit about the girls. we have been watching them grow up from little girls to young ladies. now, malia recently got her first cell phone. do you monitor it? and see who she calls or who she texts? >> i give my daughter, at this age, i give her a long rope. you know, and there is monitoring, because we have rules, but monitoring may be, you never know when i'm going t
to tackle the so-called fiscal cliff. he landed about 30 minutes ago. you see him getting off of the air force one. the president shut his vacation short do deal with this economic crisis. according to a tweet from a white house spokesman, the president spoke with all four congressional leaders before leaving hawaii for washington, and the senate is reconvening today. now the automatic spending cuts and the tax increases that make up the fiscal cliff, they're set to take effect in just five days. much more on the fiscal cliff crisis, the effort to reach some kind of agreement later this hour. we're going go live to capitol hill for the latest as the senate returns to work. that is coming up in about 20 minutes. >>> and president obama's going to have another cabinet position to fill for the new year. we learned a short time ago apa lisa jackson is stepping down after the president's state of the union speech in january. jackson starting with the agency as a staff level scientist back in 1987. during her tenure as administrator she tackled pollution problems in poor community communities.
. with senate majority leader harry reid warning we are going over the fiscal cliff, let's pose the question is it better if that were to happen. are automatic spending cuts perhaps what the country needs? josh bulk is a national correspondent with the fiscal times. josh, good to have you back. good to see you. >> good to see you. >> it's not all that bad if we go over the cliff. is there a good, compelling argument to make for doing so? >> there are compelling arguments to make for going over the cliff. it might create pressure for a genuine and real deal, not just with tax reform but spending cuts, but there's a lot of dangers in doing it. one of the big things that's screaming on my radar is the alternative minimum tax. that's a tax that is meant to prevent the wealthiest from escaping the irs altogether but unfortunately it was never adjusted for inflation. if we go over the cliff, the amt will kick in not just for 2013 but for 2012. and you've got 30 million americans that are going to face an additional $86 billion in taxes. >> if they don't fix that particular thing, not only will tax
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a deal on the fiscal cliff. however, chief white house correspondent ed henry tells us that washington may have to set with a backup plan to the backup plan. >> christmas tradition for president obama. he and first lady michelle obama saying thanks at the marine corps base hawaii. >> so many of you make sacrifices day in and day out on behalf of the freedom and behalf of the security. >> now the president is giving up some vacation time rushing back to washington aboard air force one late tonight to deal with the looming fiscal cliff. after that red eye, the president will no doubt need coffee. starbucks decided to get political in the washington, d.c., shops, by having employees write come together on cups. ceo howard schultz writing in open letter, "my hope is the simple message will serve as holiday reminder from starbuck of the spirit that bridgeed differences and we have the power to come together and make a difference in every season of the year." the president and speaker john boehner have not spoken in nearly a week. when the house republicans convene conference call today, all
. roping off the fiscal cliff. president obama and congress return, but they will need support from house republicans to pass the deal. is congress any closer to a compromise? >> a small village in the dominican republic has a new school thanks in part to local administrator. i have details, next. >> of baltimore school administrator is making a difference around the globe. >> this is great. she volunteered for a week in dominican republic and helped build a new school their. >> claire donehower is the assistant principal at the kennedy krieger school in baltimore. she took on another role as a volunteer in a mission to the dominican republic. >> i think it was a unique chance to take my love of working with kids and bring it into a completely different area. >> she was one of 40 volunteers chosen to complete the elementary school in a small village. they did everything from building walls with cinderblocks to painting to stuccoing. but her favorite part was interacting with the community. >> it was such a powerful experience and different than i expected. i wanted to save everyone from t
time. we appreciate the update on the fiscal cliff. here is "politico" -- a lot of similar headlines in other publications this morning. we want to hear from business owners on the fiscal cliff and if it is affecting your plans for 2013. you can see the numbers on the screen. business owners only. small or large businesses. from the hill newspaper -- that's from the hill newspaper this morning. finally, from "politico" -- our first call this morning, from business owners only, about your views on the fiscal cliff, comes from jim in hot springs national park, arkansas. what kind of business do you own? caller: the last one i had, i was in the construction business. and when i sold my last house i decided to move too hot springs, the first resort in america. host: you are a retired business owner? caller: right. host: if you were still running your business, how would you be looking at the fiscal cliff? caller: i've got some ideas i would like to say. the first thing we would do is eliminate all the people that do the free housing and food stamps and by about all those office expenses
. savannah. >> thank you. from the winter storm to the political storm over the fiscal cliff, president obama is returning to washington this morning to try and work out a deal. with just five days left now, is there enough time? nbc's white house correspondent, peter alexander, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning to you and most importantly happy birthday to you. the president hopes to bring back sunshine from hawaii, 38 degrees here and 72 in hallelujhonolulu. today, aides on both sides say no new negotiations are scheduled and no evidence of any post christmas compromise. >> reporter: cutting his christmas vacation short, president obama left hawaii overnight for washington trying to orchestrate a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff deadline just in the nick of time. if not, the consequences will be severe. more than a half trillion dollars in automatic tax hikes and spending cuts, not that lawmakers are necessarily feeling the urgency. congress is at least officially in session today but house members, most still at home haven't even been called back to the capitol. aides on both si
back. the optics awoke horrible would be horrible if we go off the fiscal cliff. not just taxes but 2 million people unemployed are about to lose unemployment insurance if there's no deal. the final point is that ias prsing a white hou official a few moments ago. the president's going back tonight. what is on his agenda? what can he do differently that he couldn't do on the phone in hawaii and they're telling us they have nothing on the schedule. they don't know if he's going to bring republican and democratic leaders to the white house. he gets in thursday morning. does he do it thursday afternoon, evening, wait until friday? bottom line is the clock it ticking. every lever the president pulled here hasn't worked yet. >> ed, thank you so much. >>> the president's reported i get that for free comment not sitting well with grover norquist who joins us now. let met on this other thing, they've known a couple days the president would like likely life hawaii and opped into washington, d.c. and save america from the fiscal cliff. how does the president win this optics war, grover? >> well,
, president obama returning to d.c. this morning to pick up with the fiscal cliff talks which are still underway i guess. this morning as our guests have on about talking about, senator harry reid was the latest to say, we're headed right off that cliff. rich edson on capitol hill with the latest, rich. >> good afternoon, ashley. so the senate isn't working today. there was pressure on house republicans to bring house members back. they're doing that now. this according to republican source on a conference call. house majority leader eric cantor telling republican members they should be back on sunday evening to be prepared to work. though much like the senate they have nothing to vote on right now. it is a positive sign if congressional leaders reach some type of a deal the house and senate will be in town to get votes on the record, but still there is no deal worked out right now between top democrats and top republicans in washington. house republicans are calling on the senate to pass their various proposals dealing with the fiscal cliff. the senate majority leader says it is up to
anyway you see the fiscal cliff that you think people should know about? >> i thought your five points were good ones, especially the one about austerity, what we're talking about now is doing something really stupid as you said, and letting the wrong policies go into effect. too much deficit reduction, too quickly, and we could push the economy into a recession. that's just dumb. >> it is very dumb. now, you've been in many, many, many of these negotiations? you've been in the backrooms of a lot of the ongoing negotiations, now, do you think they have any chance of getting a deal before the first of the year? >> i'm always hopeful, but i'm less hopeful as every day passes. the problem is the rhetoric that's flying back and forth between republicans and democrats sounds like we're still having an election that it never was over. i think that now -- now that we've had an election, and the american public has spoken, whatever they meant, it's time for the politicians to get together, come together as starbucks is saying, and get something done. nobody's going to get everything they want.
known as the fiscal cliff must be fixed within the next five days. thank you, brian, for accepting this challenge. i'm here to help you in any way i can. while there are other talented leaders in hawaii who stepped forward and who would also have been excellent appointees, i know that my colleagues will join me in supporting senator bryan schatz for the good of hawaii. throughout my 36-year career in congress, the hawaii delegation has always been unified. we have always put hawaii first before our individual ambition. we must continue that. hawaii comes first. i have followed brian schatz's career for many years. he was an active member of the hawaii statehouse of representatives for eight years before becoming c.e.o. of helping hands hawaii, a nonprofit organization that provides human services in the islands. as lieutenant governor, he has been a big part of the community. he has been an outspoken supporter of our troops and veterans and defender of our environment. senator schatz will be a strong, progressive voice for hawaii in the united states senate. he will represent freed
, a special web page we have set up for you at c-span for all things related to the fiscal cliff. you can watch video of hearings and briefings, also a live twitter stream. the resource area also has documents and links, all at c- span.org/fiscalcliff. >> it is straightforward, comprehensive, you can sense what is happening without a pundit interjecting, and that is what i appreciate about c-span. it is a great resource for anyone looking to come more familiar with how government works and the ins and outs of capitol hill. >> julie seger watches c-span on verizon. >> on the subject of the fiscal cliff, we spoke to steve forbes this morning and got his take on the subject. host: joining us now is the chairman and editor in chief of forbes media, steve forbes. he will be with us for the next 45 minutes to take your calls. let's start with where we started this morning on "washington journal." have you looked at the fiscal cliff and have you made plans or altered your 2013 spending as a business owner on this issue? guest: the answer is not yet. the big factor will be what happens in health
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